Staying safe in winter
Drinking heavily seriously impairs your ability to stay safe. Even something which seems harmless, such as following your usual route home after going to the pub, can be dangerous if drinking is involved.
According to research from the Royal Lifesaving Society, there were 451 accidental drownings involving alcohol and/or drugs in the UK from 2013-2017, with an average of 90 per year. Of this number, 255 people were walking home under the influence of alcohol.
Protect yourself in cold weather by:
- Always wrap up warm and dress appropriately for the weather
- Plan your transport home in advance – don’t walk alone if you’ve been drinking heavily
- If you are walking home, take a sober friend with you and avoid water
- Pace your drinking through the night and alternate with soft drinks